Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Disappearance of Breasia Terrell


Breasia Terrell has been missing since July 10th, 2020. The 10 year-old girl vanished while spending the night at the home of 47 year-old Henry Earl Dinkins, in Davenport, Illinois. Breasia's mother Aishia Lankford last heard from her around 9pm on July 9th, when Breasia sent a text to say goodnight. Reports state that Breasia was seen for the last time a few hours later. Aishia reported her missing on the evening of July 10th after she never returned home.

Dinkins is considered a person of interest in Breasia's disappearance. He is the father of of Breasia's half brother, and he is also a registered sex offender. Breasia reportedly tagged along with her half brother during a visit to Dinkins' home on the day before her disappearance. According to Aishia, Breasia had never spent the night at his apartment before--but was enjoying her time with her brother and wanted to stay the night. Although Aishia was aware that Dinkins is a registered sex offender, she was initially not worried about Breasia spending the night at his home because she was with her brother and she had known Dinkins her whole life. However, when Breasia never returned from Dinkins' house, suspicions against him began to build.

Police searched Dinkins' apartment shortly after Breasia was reported missing. During the search, he was arrested for violating sex offender requirements. He remains in jail for those charges today, but he has not been charged with anything related to Breasia's disappearance. Dinkins maintains that he does not know of her whereabouts. 

On July 15th, 2020, an Amber alert was issued for Breasia. Authorities also announced that they were searching for anyone with information about Dinkins' whereabouts between the hours of 10pm on July 9th and 12pm on July 10th. Still, months have passed and authorities reportedly do not have any updates in the case.

Henry Earl Dinkins

There is a $3500 reward in place for anyone with information that could lead to Breasia's whereabouts. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please go here to submit an anonymous tip. 
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UPDATE (April 2021): Breasia's body has been found. 

The remains were found on March 22nd by a group of fishermen at a pond in DeWitt--located approximately 20 miles away from Davenport. On March 31st, 2021, authorities confirmed that the remains were positively identified as that of Breasia Terrell. Breasia's death is being investigated as a homicide, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Rest in peace, Breasia. 
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UPDATE (May 2021): Henry Dinkins has been charged with the first-degree kidnapping and murder of Breasia Terrell. It has been revealed that Breasia was shot to death, and it's believed that her death was premeditated by Dinkins. He remains behind bars as his charges are pending. 

3 comments:

  1. It really breaks my heart that mothers are not educated about pedophiles and they still allow young children to run around without supervision. Very, Very sad. Pedophiles TARGET single mothers as well to get access to her children while pretending to love the mother. Wake up, World. Our children have had enough!!!
    https://www.wikihow.com/Identify-a-Pedophile

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    1. sex offender =/= pedophile though. her mom had no reason to believe he was one. he was 17 when convicted, his victim was 13. does this make him a good person? absolutely not! should he have been around kids at all? probably no. does this make him a murderer? possibly. but there is not a reason for her mother to believe he was a pedophile who would hurt her kids when he was a teenager who assaulted another teenager 30 years before her daughter was even born. this isn't a case of a clearly known CHILD sex offender being allowed around young kids, like many other cases out there. this is a teenage boy harming another teenager which is very common as we all know (hell look at the sexual assault stats in high schools). obviously a shitty horrible person but not the same as a pedophile. im sure her mom feels terrible enough

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  2. It's terrible her mother has to live with the fact that she allowed her child to be put in that situation with someone so terrible.

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